Miracle of miracles!
The City Manager announced at tonight's City Council meeting that work will start on Takoma Park's first dog park tomorrow (Thursday) morning at 8:00 a.m.! This is great news. We were beginning to think this would never happen.
Just two weeks ago the Mayor approached us about potentially sponsoring a public demonstration at the County Parks department since County Parks was dragging its feet on giving us a signed access agreement, even though we received word that it was being approved. Now, just two weeks later, construction will start. A kudos to the City for moving this along.
Several supporters asked if the City was doing a groundbreaking ceremony. The City decided not to do a groundbreaking ceremony because they didn't want to delay the construction start once they received the access agreement. The City is using an existing contract to have the park built rather than competing a new contract, so they can start very quickly simply by giving the existing contractor notice to proceed. The City expects construction to take about 45 days. If the weather cooperates, we'll have a dog park open by the end of the year.
City staff will coordinate with Takoma Dogs on a formal grand opening ceremony. We will post details here and encourage everyone to come and enjoy this momentous day for you and your four-legged companions!